Baseball Stadium Turns Into Soccer Field

By Maureen Mespell
By John W. Davis

April 20, 2011 Updated Oct 21, 2013 at 5:21 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Non-baseball events like the second annual Kickin It At The Diamond soccer festival held Wednesday at Parkview Field, are creating much needed revenue for the City of Fort Wayne.

Non-baseball events are very important for the revenue-stream at Parkview Field, , which is the home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.

In 2010, 250 non-baseball events took place at Parkview Field.

Events like the Zach Brown Band Concert, Fort-4-Fitness, wedding receptions, class reunions and corporate events helped earn Fort Wayne more than $100,000 dollars.

"We pay a dollar after a certain number of people come through the venue to the City of Fort Wayne in the improvement of Parkview Field," said Fort Wayne TinCaps President Mike Nutter.

"Last year, totally separate from the baseball it was more than 100,000 fans that came through here for events absolutely nothing to do with the TinCaps," explained Nutter.

Meanwhile, Nutter said he has been asked numerous times about if the Fort Wayne Komets will play a game at Parkview Field.

Nutter said he would love to host the Komets.

However, he said an outdoor hockey game would cost a lot of money.

Therefore, unlike Wrigley Field in Chicago, an outdoor hockey game does not seem to make much economic sense at this time.

Meanwhile, a few non-baseball events have already been scheduled for this spring and summer.

In June 2011, Parkview Field will host a professional cycling festival.

On Saturday, April 23, Parkview Field will host a Pokemon tournament.

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